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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.

Episode Date
Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’
00:47:45

Ricky Gervais joins this week’s show from home in London to talk about his darkly funny and surprisingly moving Netflix series ‘After Life,’ which just got picked up for a third season. The comedian explains how he ended up creating a show about grief and shares his strong opinions about political correctness in comedy, free speech and cancel culture. Plus, Ricky looks back at his most controversial Golden Globes jokes and reveals what it was like to work with the late David Bowie on ‘Extras,’ Larry David on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and a lot more.  


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Jun 03, 2020
Nick Offerman Gets Emotional
00:49:42

Ron Swanson has been “social distancing” his entire life. Nick Offerman, on the other hand, is a “social animal.” On this episode, the actor opens up about staying busier than ever under quarantine, from hosting his podcast “In Bed with Nick and Megan” with his wife Megan Mullally to tearing up at the end of the “Parks and Recreation” reunion special. Offerman also breaks down his most intense performance to date on ‘Devs,’ looks back on his earliest TV roles on ‘ER’ and ‘24,’ shares how his priorities have shifted on the cusp of turning 50 and a lot more.


Twitter: @Nick_Offerman and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @nickofferman and @lastlaughpod

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May 26, 2020
Patton Oswalt Sounds Off
00:44:43

Comedian Patton Oswalt is here to talk about his new Netflix special ‘I Love Everything.’ The title is a huge turnaround from his 2017 special ‘Annihilation’ and on today’s episode Patton opens up about how far he’s come emotionally since the sudden death of his former wife, ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ author Michelle McNamara. The comedian, who turned 50 last year, also shares his unvarnished thoughts on the futility of making Trump jokes, why he thinks Fox News is the “height of evil” for pushing the country to reopen during a pandemic, and the fate he believes the Golden State Killer deserves. Then he looks back on highlights from his career, including his acting debut as a video store clerk on ‘Seinfeld,’ his late-night stand-up debut on ‘Conan,’ his epic ‘Star Wars’ filibuster on ‘Parks and Rec’ and a lot more. 


Twitter: @pattonoswalt and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @pattonoswalt and @lastlaughpod

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May 19, 2020
‘Reno 911’ Reunion!
00:36:14

‘Reno 911’ creators and stars Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Robert Ben Garant come together for this very special bonus episode of ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast. 11 years after the show ended its original run on Comedy Central, ‘Reno 911’ is back this month on Quibi. These three comedic geniuses tell us all about how it came together, what’s different this time around and what they’re most excited for fans of the show to see. 


Twitter: @thomaslennon, @KerriKenney and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @thomaspatricklennon, @kerrikenneysilver and @lastlaughpod

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May 15, 2020
Jimmy O. Yang Fights Coronavirus Racism With Comedy
00:48:01

Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is best known for playing Jian-Yang on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ Now, he is finally revealing his true self to the world in a new stand-up special called ‘Good Deal,’ which is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. In this episode, Jimmy tells the story of how he broke into comedy after moving from Hong Kong to Los Angeles at 13 years old and why he thinks humor might be the best way to combat anti-Asian-American racism during the coronavirus pandemic. We also talk about why T.J. Miller’s dramatic departure from ‘Silicon Valley’ was the “end of an era” for him, the “life-changing” experience of appearing in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and a lot more.


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May 12, 2020
Larry Wilmore Is Still Keeping It 100
01:02:46

Larry Wilmore is a comedy writer, producer, former host of ‘The Nightly Show’ and current host of the podcast ‘Black on the Air.’ In this episode, we go deep on the current state of comedy and politics, including how he feels the coronavirus pandemic has upended the race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump and why he thinks conservative podcast host Ben Shapiro is actually a “really nice guy.” Larry also shares behind-the-scenes stories from ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘The Office,’ and his infamous speech at President Obama’s final White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 


Twitter: @larrywilmore and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ldub61 and @lastlaughpod

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May 05, 2020
Thomas Middleditch Breaks Out of His ‘Silicon Valley’ Box
00:40:03

Thomas Middleditch is best known for playing Richard Hendricks on six seasons of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ Now, he is leaving that ultra-specific persona behind to take on dozens of different characters alongside his friend Ben Schwartz in three new improvised comedy specials for Netflix called ‘Middleditch & Schwartz.’ In this episode, Thomas breaks down the tricky business of bringing live improv to the screen. Plus, he looks back on his big SNL audition, recalls almost starring in a spinoff of ‘The Office,’ expresses regret over telling ‘Playboy’ that swinging “saved” his marriage and a lot more. 


Twitter: @mattwilstein | Instagram: @tombini and @lastlaughpod

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Apr 28, 2020
Cameron Esposito Wants You to ‘Save Yourself’
01:06:58

Cameron Esposito made a huge splash in the comedy world seven years ago when she made her late-night stand-up debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The other guest on the show, Jay Leno, called her the “future” of comedy and declared “Lesbians rule!” Since then, Cameron has created her own TV show called ‘Take My Wife,’ released a stand-up special called ‘Rape Jokes’ and this past month published a memoir with the inadvertently timely title ‘Save Yourself.’ On this episode, Cameron talks about all of that, plus getting “zoom-bombed” with hardcore pornography, starting to tell jokes about divorcing her ex-partner comedian Rhea Butcher, her current girlfriend’s battle with the coronavirus and a lot more. 


Twitter: @cameronesposito and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @cameronesposito and @lastlaughpod

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Apr 21, 2020
Eugene Mirman Gets Personal
00:56:23

Eugene Mirman is perhaps best known for voicing Gene Belcher on ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ But as his new documentary ‘It Started as a Joke’ proves, he is also one of the most innovative and influential stand-up comics of his generation. In this episode, we check in with Eugene via Zoom from his home on Cape Cod before sharing the longer interview we taped with him before the coronavirus pandemic forced us all indoors. He talks about starting the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival “as a joke,” learning to get more personal in his comedy and of course, ‘Bob’s Burgers.’


Twitter: @EugeneMirman and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @eugenemirman and @lastlaughpod

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Apr 14, 2020
The Last Laugh Podcast Is Back!
00:01:36
Starting next week, The Last Laugh returns with all-new episodes featuring great conversations with comedians about how they’re staying funny when the world around them is falling apart. Stay tuned! Twitter: @mattwilstein | Instagram: @lastlaughpod Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Bumping Elbows with Jeff Ross (‘Thick Skin’ Crossover Episode)
00:58:53
‘The Last Laugh’ is still on hiatus, so this week we’re bringing you a very special crossover pod from our friend (and previous guest) Jeff Ross! On the latest episode of his podcast ‘Thick Skin,’ Jeff talked to Matt Wilstein about how “cancel culture” is affecting comedy and got into some “touchy subjects,” including the 2020 Democratic primary, getting retweeted by Donald Trump and of course, the coronavirus. No more “Bumping Mics,” now we’re bumping elbows. We will back with all-new episodes and some exciting guests very soon! Twitter: @realjeffreyross and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @therealjeffreyross and @lastlaughpod Subscribe to ‘Thick Skin with Jeff Ross.’ Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2020
Pamela Adlon Reinvents Herself
01:00:36
Pamela Adlon has had to reinvent herself several times over the course of her unconventional career. From child star (‘Grease 2’) to Emmy-winning voice actor (‘King of the Hill’) to creator and showrunner of her own phenomenal autobiographical series ‘Better Things,’ which premieres its fourth season on FX Thursday, March 5th. On this episode, we talk about all of that and more, including her audition for ‘Friends,’ a darkly hilarious story about Redd Foxx and why she’s still “proud” of the work she did on “Louie.” Twitter: @pamelaadlon and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @pamelaaddlon and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
Ben Schwartz Is a Comedy Machine
01:06:32
The one and only Ben Schwartz is here for our 50th episode! This month, Schwartz is starring in two wildly different movies: the box office smash ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ as the titular video game hero and ‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ as a struggling stand-up comic opposite his actual childhood hero Billy Crystal. On this milestone episode of ‘The Last Laugh,’ he talks about getting his start writing jokes for David Letterman and SNL and how he almost missed out on the chance to play Jean-Ralphio on ‘Parks and Recreation.’ He also previews two upcoming projects for Netflix—a version of his improvised live show with ‘Silicon Valley’ star Thomas Middleditch and ‘Space Force,’ the new comedy series from ‘The Office’ creator Greg Daniels co-starring Steve Carell and John Malkovich. Follow @rejectedjokes and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
Russell Peters Defends Comedic Stereotypes
00:44:44
Russell Peters is a global comedy sensation who sells out arenas in London, New York and Mumbai, where he taped his most recent stand-up special ‘Deported,’ streaming now on Amazon. In this episode, Peters talks about how YouTube helped make him a comedy star, why mainstream fame has alluded him in America, his beef with Trevor Noah, his love for Roseanne Barr, why he does NOT have a problem with Apu from ‘The Simpsons’ and a lot more. Stream ‘Russell Peters: Deported’ on Amazon Prime Video. Follow @therealrussellp and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @russellpeters and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
Tom Papa Is Doing Great!
00:58:12
Tom Papa might be best known for his longtime friendship with Jerry Seinfeld. But on this week’s episode he demonstrates that he has much more to offer. Tom talks about why he called his latest Netflix special ‘You’re Doing Great!’ and the various ups and downs of his career, from the crazy experience of hosting ‘The Marriage Ref’ to the way NBC may have used his sitcom ‘Come to Papa’ as an audition for Steve Carell to lead ‘The Office’ and a lot more. Follow @tompapa and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
Maria Bamford Is Feeling Better
00:56:34
Maria Bamford has been performing stand-up comedy for 30 years and just keeps getting better. Her latest hour-long special ‘Weakness Is the Brand’ finds her at the top of her game, delivering operatic bits about her ongoing mental health struggles and relentless drive to be a good person in the world. On this episode, we talk about how she arrived at relative stability, the challenges that female comics still face in a male-dominated industry, how she felt when Netflix canceled her autobiographical show ‘Lady Dynamite’ after two seasons and a lot more—including an unvarnished take on Louis C.K. Stream ‘Weakness Is the Brand’ on Amazon. Follow @mariabamfoo and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Fortune Feimster Has Arrived
00:55:29
Stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster made her TV debut 10 years ago on ‘Last Comic Standing.’ This week, her first-ever hour-long special ‘Sweet & Salty’ lands on Netflix. In this episode, Feimster talks about finding the comedy in her unique life story as a “tomboy” growing up in a small North Carolina town who didn’t realize she was gay until arriving in Los Angeles after college. She also shares stories about auditioning for SNL and finding mainstream success on ‘Chelsea Lately,’ ‘The Mindy Project’ and as the “female Homer” on ‘The Simpsons.’ Follow @fortunefunny and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Michael Schur Says Goodbye to ‘The Good Place’
01:14:42
Ahead of the ‘The Good Place’ series finale, creator Michael Schur is here to answer all of our burning questions about the existential sitcom, which airs its series finale at the end of January. On this episode, taped inside his office on the Universal Studios lot, Schur reveals how the final season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ helped influence the end of ‘The Good Place’, looks back at his early days as a writer for SNL, teases a potential future for ‘The Office’ on NBC’s Peacock streaming service and a lot more. Follow @KenTremendous and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
Andrea Savage Is a Great Podcast Guest
00:59:58
Andrea Savage knows she’s a great podcast guest. “Not to brag,” she says on this week’s show. The creator and star of truTV’s ‘I’m Sorry’ talks about finding the balance between cringe-worthiness and comedy, the challenges she faced as a woman in The Groundlings, what she learned working on ‘Step Brothers,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and her hilarious new podcast ‘Andrea Savage: A Grown-Up Woman #buttholes.’ Follow @andreasavage and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen (June 2019)
00:59:06
Comedy legend Sacha Baron Cohen goes deep on all of the crazy things that happened during the filming of his Showtime series ‘Who Is America?’—including truly incredible stories about his interactions with Sarah Palin, O.J. Simpson, Ben Carson and more. He also talks about interviewing Donald Trump as Ali G. and reveals some big secrets behind his classic film ‘Borat.’ This episode was recorded in front live audience as part of the SAG Conversations series at the SAG-Aftra Foundation in Los Angeles on May 21, 2019. Follow @SachaBaronCohen and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
Sarah Silverman (March 2019)
00:54:48
Comedian Sarah Silverman opens up about the cancelation of her Hulu show ‘I Love You, America’ and what it’s like to be a target of the alt-right. She also shares her thoughts on the #MeToo allegations against former Senator Al Franken and Louis C.K. and a lot more. This episode was originally broadcast as our series premiere on March 26, 2019. Follow @SarahKSilverman and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
Lil Rel Howery Turns 40
00:49:04
Happy birthday to Lil Rel Howery! Today, the comedian and actor turns 40 and is here to talk about his new HBO special ‘Live in Crenshaw.’ Directed by his friend and fellow comic Jerrod Carmichael, ‘Live in Crenshaw’ is unlike any other stand-up special released this year, both in how it looks and how it came together. As Rel reveals in this episode, he barely had time to prepare and had no idea exactly what he was going to say when he took the stage. We also discuss his early days in the Chicago comedy scene, his humble advice for idol Eddie Murphy and his iconic roles in films like ‘Get Out’ and ‘Bird Box.’ Follow @LilRel4 and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Iliza Shlesinger Is Not Sorry
00:41:58
Iliza Shlesinger just dropped her fifth stand-up special on Netflix. It’s called ‘Unveiled’ and finds the self-described ‘Elder Millennial’ sharing hilarious stories about her wedding and everything that led up to it. In this bonus episode, the comedian opens up about facing criticism from women who think she’s “not doing feminism right,” explains how her ‘Last Comic Standing’ win turned into a nightmare, previews her upcoming sketch series for Netflix and a lot more. Follow @Iliza and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Dan Soder Takes on Outraged ‘Couch Warriors’
00:59:28
Whether you know stand-up comedian Dan Soder from Showtime’s ‘Billions’ (he plays Mafee) or his Comedy Central SiriusXM show ‘The Bonfire’ (he co-hosts with comic Big Jay Oakerson) or are just meeting him for the first time, you will quickly realize that he has some very strong opinions and loves to talk. And on this episode, we get into it on everything from his new HBO special ‘Son of a Gary’ to his friend Shane Gillis’ firing from SNL and a whole lot more. Follow @DanSoder and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Mike Birbiglia Doesn’t Care If You Think He’s a Stand-Up
00:55:22
Mike Birbiglia invites us backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown LA where he has been performing his latest show all month long. This week, ‘The New One’ premieres on Netflix. Before he went on stage for one of his final performances this past weekend, Mike opened up about his unique process putting ‘The New One’ together and broke down his evolution from stand-up to theater (and why he doesn’t care how anyone wants to characterize what he does). We also discussed our mutual, unhealthy obsession with ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Follow @birbigs and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Margaret Cho Won’t Be ‘Intimidated Into Invisibility’
00:53:02
25 years after starring in the first major sitcom to center on an Asian-American family, Margaret Cho is more “hopeful” than ever about the opportunities for Asian-American comedians. In this episode, Cho talks about how she would approach that sitcom differently today and tells stories about dating director Quentin Tarantino and acting opposite Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. She also weighs in on Dave Chappelle’s recent jokes about the bisexual community and reflects on the backlash she received after portraying an exaggerated North Korean character alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. Follow @margaretcho and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Jeff Garlin Puts It All Out There
01:15:16
Jeff Garlin had no idea when he helped come up with the idea that became ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ two decades ago that he would be starring the show’s 10th season this coming January. In this episode, Jeff reveals that season 10 features his “favorite” premise yet and talks about the process of putting together his new Netflix stand-up special ‘Our Man in Chicago,’ which includes some of the most personal material of his career. There are stories about daring ‘The Goldbergs’ to fire him after he made someone on set uncomfortable, his 2013 arrest for felony vandalism that he says led to the end of his marriage and a lot more. Follow @mattwilstein on Twitter and @jeffgarlin and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Judd Apatow Takes on Comedy’s ‘Civil War’
01:22:42
Writer, director, producer and stand-up comedian Judd Apatow invites us into his L.A. office for an in-depth conversation about all things comedy. We talk about his new Garry Shandling book and working with Pete Davidson on the upcoming film ‘Staten Island. Judd also weighs in on the so-called “civil war” in comedy, from fired SNL comic Shane Gillis—who called him “gayer than ISIS” in one of his controversial rants—to Louis C.K., who he thinks still deserves “criticism” for making fun of the Parkland shooting survivors. Plus, Judd looks back on some of his biggest movie hits and reveals the funniest person he’s ever worked with. Follow @JuddApatow and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Buy ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Book’ on Amazon. Read Matt’s profile of comedian Gary Gulman at The Daily Beast. Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
Amanda Seales Refuses to ‘Play It Cool’
01:03:26
Amanda Seales has had many careers: Nickelodeon star, spoken word poet, MTV VJ, stand-up comedian, podcast host and actor—she plays Tiffany on HBO’s ‘Insecure.’ Now, she has added author to the list with her new book, ‘Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use.’ In this episode, Amanda opens up about making the transition from music to comedy, tensions within the ‘Insecure’ cast, confronting Caitlyn Jenner over her “white privilege” and a lot more. Follow @mattwilstein on Twitter and @amandaseales and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Buy Amanda’s new book ‘Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use’ on Amazon. Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Nick Kroll Gets Away With ‘Crazy Sh*t’
01:05:52
Nick Kroll is an actor, stand-up comedian and co-creator of one of the funniest shows on television, ‘Big Mouth.’ Season three of the Emmy-nominated animated series just dropped on Netflix and Nick is here to talk about its unique place in pop culture. He also weighs in on ‘Joker’ director Todd Phillips’ controversial comments about “woke” culture and comedy, shares the story of auditioning for SNL alongside John Mulaney, teases the upcoming ‘Big Mouth’ spinoff show and a lot more. Follow @nickkroll and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Get ticket for Nick’s “Middle-Aged Boy Tour” at nickkroll.com. Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Lake Bell Becomes a ‘Comedy Person’
01:05:12
Lake Bell made her feature directorial debut with 2013’s ‘In a World...’ and has been on a roll ever since. Now, she has co-created ABC’s ‘Bless This Mess,‘ a sitcom on which she and Dax Shepard play a neurotic New York couple who move to a farm in Nebraska. In this episode, Lake discusses how her decision to ditch so-called “push-up bra” roles and fully embrace comedy on shows like ‘Children’s Hospital’ and ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ completely transformed her career for the better. Follow @lakebell and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
Deon Cole Can’t Stand ‘Cancel Culture’
00:55:04
Deon Cole started doing stand-up comedy on a $50 bet in his hometown of Chicago. 26 years later, his new special Cole Hearted is premiering on Netflix. Cole says he’s come too far to be “canceled” now: “I should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, but this culture nowadays, they’re like, man, if you mess up it’s off with your head.” In this episode, Cole breaks own his comedic journey, which has included stints writing for Conan O’Brien and starring on ABC’s Black-ish and Grown-ish.

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Oct 08, 2019
Tom Green Faces Reality
01:16:12
For a short period two decades ago, Tom Green was one of the most famous comedians on the planet. He graced the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live and (briefly) married actress Drew Barrymore. These days, when he’s not touring the world as a stand-up comic, Green is mostly known for getting fired by Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice and sharing a house with Anthony Scaramucci on Celebrity Big Brother. In this episode, the man who changed MTV with his infamous prank show opens up about his rise to fame and everything that’s happened since.

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Oct 01, 2019
Scott Aukerman Goes ‘Between Two Ferns’
01:04:16
Scott Aukerman is the host of Comedy Bang! Bang!, co-creator of Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and now the writer and director of Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie. In this episode, we talk about how he landed so many huge celebrity cameos for the new film, what it was like directing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and—because it’s my favorite thing he’s ever done—making the Analyze Phish podcast with the late Harris Wittels.

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Sep 24, 2019
Bill Burr Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage
01:15:38
Stand-up comedian Bill Burr just released his sixth hour-long special Paper Tiger on Netflix. In this episode, he speaks out against “outrage culture,” defends his controversial Michelle Obama jokes, shares his thoughts on Trump’s 2020 chances and insists he’s not as “angry” as everyone thinks. Plus, Bill teases some details about his role in the upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

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Sep 17, 2019
Kevin Nealon Gets Nostalgic
00:54:36
25 years ago, Kevin Nealon was anchoring “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. Now he's walking the woods with his famous comedian friends on the YouTube series Hiking with Kevin. In this episode, we talk about how that show got started and look back at his SNL days, including how he got hired, when he knew it was time to leave and some fascinating stories about Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Al Franken and more.

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Sep 10, 2019
Anthony Jeselnik Is ‘Uncancelable’
01:03:04
Self-described comedy “villain” Anthony Jeselnik has made a career out of telling expertly crafted, extremely dark one-liners, from his breakthrough set at the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in 2011 to his most recent hour-long stand-up special Fire in the Maternity Ward on Netflix. In this episode, he talks about his new Comedy Central interview show Good Talk, how he thinks his comic persona will continue to evolve as he ages, what “surprises” him about Louis C.K.’s attempt at a comeback and a lot more.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Sep 03, 2019
Bill Nye Is on ‘F*cking Fire!’
00:38:08
Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) checks in this week to talk about his podcast (Science Rules!) and help preview next week’s Climate Crisis Town Hall event on CNN, which will feature the top 10 Democratic presidential primary candidates. Bill also looks back on his shout-fest “interview” with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the catharsis of screaming obscenities about the warming planet on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 30, 2019
Desus and Mero Are ‘Disrupting’ Late-Night
00:55:14
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are here to talk about the first six months of their Showtime late-night series Desus & Mero. We get into their close relationship with fellow Bronx-native Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, what it's been like to interview 2020 Democratic presidential candidates like Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg, their unlikely Twitter feud with Taylor Swift fans and a lot more. Desus and Mero returns to Showtime on Thursday, September 12th.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 27, 2019
Natalie Morales Looks to the Future
00:26:40
Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation) stops by to talk about her new scripted podcast Ellie and The Wave and opens up about her disappointment over NBC canceling Abby’s, the first sitcom in which the lead character was a bisexual Latina woman. “So much for diversity!” she says.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 23, 2019
Jim Gaffigan Tells All
01:20:38
One of the most successful stand-up comedians of all time, Jim Gaffigan just became the first comic to premiere a special with Amazon Prime Video. Quality Time, Gaffigan’s seventh hour-long special to date, finds the comedian getting back to basics like his weight and an inordinate number of horse jokes after dealing with his wife and writing partner Jeannie’s harrowing medical scare last year. In the episode, Jim opens up about that experience and explains why he’d rather make jokes about brain tumors than President Trump. He also weighs in on David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., Bill O’Reilly, the Pope and a lot more.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 20, 2019
Jillian Bell Becomes a Star
00:59:08
For years, Jillian Bell has been stealing scenes in TV shows like Workaholics and movies like 22 Jump Street. This month, she has her first leading role in the hilarious and moving new film Brittany Runs a Marathon. On this episode, Jillian talks about getting her start as a writer on SNL, improvising with Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld on Curb Your Enthusiasm, why her newest role “terrified” her and the latest on her gender-swapped reboot of Splash with Channing Tatum.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 13, 2019
Brett Gelman Disgusts Himself
01:04:26
You know Brett Gelman as Martin from ‘Fleabag,’ Murray from ‘Stranger Things’ and dozens of other characters who he says share one big trait: “toxic masculinity.” He’s also a brilliant improv and sketch comedy performer who relentlessly pushes the bounds of his art on every level. On this episode, we talk about how he got to where he is and what he wants to do next. Hint: It involves Kanye West.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Aug 06, 2019
Whitney Cummings Gets a Sex Robot
01:03:59
Stand-up comedian and writer Whitney Cummings is here to talk about her brand new special ‘Can I Touch It?’ streaming right now on Netflix. Whitney explains why she decided to feature a sex robot version of herself in the special and breaks down her career as TV showrunner, from her debut on Whitney’ to the ‘Roseanne’ reboot that went down in flames last year to an exciting new pilot for Amazon that takes on PC college students.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

Follow Whitney @WhitneyCummings and Matt at @mattwilstein.

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Jul 30, 2019
Rob Riggle Tees Off
01:11:40
Rob Riggle spent 15 years in the Marines before landing his first real comedy job on the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It has seemingly been nothing but smooth sailing since then with stints on ‘The Daily Show,’ scene-stealing turns in films like ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘The Hangover’ and his most recent gig hosting ABC’s ‘Holey Moley.’ In this episode, Riggle opens up about the struggles he faced along the way, including what he describes as a ‘dysfunctional’ year at SNL and the highest-stakes audition imaginable for Jon Stewart.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Jul 23, 2019
Jon Lovett Checks In
00:21:24
On this special Friday episode of ‘The Last Laugh,’ Crooked Media co-founder and ‘Lovett or Leave It’ host Jon Lovett checks in to talk about ‘Pod Save America’s’ upcoming live benefit concert at the Greek Theatre as well as Trump’s racist tweets, the 2020 Democratic primary debates and his obsession with both Marianne Williamson and ‘Big Little Lies.’

Get tickets for the Greek Theatre and Radio City Music Hall live shows at Crooked.com.

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Jul 19, 2019
Jane Lynch Shows Up
00:54:38
Jane Lynch, Emmy-winning star of ‘Glee’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ talks about getting her big break at 40 in Christopher Guest’s ‘Best in Show,’ improvising with Steve Carell in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ acting opposite Meryl Streep in ‘Julie and Julia’ and having a blast hosting NBC’s ‘Hollywood Game Night.’ Plus, how Ellen DeGeneres made it so she never had to ‘come out’ but rather just got to ‘show up.’

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

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Jul 16, 2019
Nate Bargatze Blows Up
01:04:04
Comedian Nate Bargatze broke through on Netflix’s ‘The Standups’ before premiering his own hour-long special ‘The Tennessee Kid’ on the streaming service earlier this year. But he’s about to get even bigger. Next up, he’ll be starring in a sitcom based on his life for ABC, executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.

Follow Nate @natebargatze and Matt at @mattwilstein.

Get tickets to see Nate on the road at NateBargatze.com.

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Jul 09, 2019
Kathy Griffin Stands Up
01:05:00
Comedian Kathy Griffin opens up about the infamous photoshoot that changed her life and sounds off on President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., TMZ’s Harvey Levin, CNN’s Jeff Zucker, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Alec Baldwin, Lorne Michaels, Jerry Seinfeld and a hell of a lot more.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

Get tickets to ‘Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story’ at FathomEvents.com.






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Jul 01, 2019
Matt Walsh Moves On
00:55:46
This week, Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh talks about the end of HBO’s ‘Veep,’ reacts to the resignation of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and previews the 21st annual Del Close Marathon, which is coming to Los Angeles for the first time after two decades in New York.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

Get tickets at DelCloseMarathon.com.

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Jun 25, 2019
Mindy Kaling Grows Up
00:48:46
Mindy Kaling broke through as a writer and star of ‘The Office’ and then ‘The Mindy Project’ and this summer she has taken those roles to new heights in her excellent new film ‘Late Night’ opposite Emma Thompson. In this episode, we talk about the complicated politics of that movie, Mindy speaks out for the first time about her controversial Instagram post supporting Aziz Ansari and reveals why she had to turn down her ‘dream’ job at SNL.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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Jun 18, 2019
Jeff Ross Lives to Roast
01:03:46
Jeff Ross is always expanding his duties as Roastmaster General—most recently helming a series of ‘Historical Roasts’ for Netflix. This summer, he will be roasting Alec Baldwin for Comedy Central. In this episode, talks about casting Gilbert Gottfried at Hitler, “bumping mics” with Dave Attell and looks back at some of his most memorable moments roasting everyone from Donald Trump to Justin Bieber.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

See his tour dates at RoastMasterGeneral.com.

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Jun 11, 2019
Sacha Baron Cohen Exposes America
00:57:38
Comedy legend Sacha Baron Cohen goes deep on all of the crazy things that happened during the filming of his Showtime series ‘Who Is America?’—including truly incredible stories about his interactions with Sarah Palin, O.J. Simpson, Ben Carson and more. He also talks about interviewing Donald Trump as Ali G. and reveals some big secrets behind his classic film ‘Borat.’

This episode was recorded in front live audience as part of the SAG Conversations series at the SAG-Aftra Foundation in Los Angeles.

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Jun 04, 2019
PREVIEW: Sacha Baron Cohen Confirms ‘Borat’ Rumor
00:02:44
In this preview of next week’s episode, Sacha Baron Cohen confirms something that has long been rumored about Pamela Anderson’s role in the ‘Borat’ movie and the unlikely effect her cameo had on her marriage to Kid Rock.

Subscribe now to ‘The Last Laugh’ to hear our full conversation with the creator and star of Showtime’s ‘Who Is America?’ when it is released on Tuesday, June 4th.

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May 30, 2019
Jordan Klepper Drops the Act
00:58:10
Former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Jordan Klepper discusses making the transition from playing an Alex Jones-inspired madman on ‘The Opposition’ to revealing his true self on the new Comedy Central docuseries ‘Klepper.’

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May 28, 2019
SNL's Sam Jay Slays
00:32:20
Just six years into her career as a comedian, Sam Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album ‘Donna’s Daughter’ and delivered a tight 15-minute banger of a set for Netflix’s ‘The Comedy Lineup.’ We recorded this very special bonus episode of ‘The Last Laugh’ from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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See her tour dates at SamJayComic.com.

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May 24, 2019
Pete Holmes Goes Deep
01:01:18
Pete Holmes is a stand-up comedian, creator and star of HBO’s ‘Crashing’ and host of the podcast ‘You Made It Weird.’ Now, he’s become an author with the release of his new spiritual memoir ‘Comedy Sex God.’ In this episode, we talk about what drove him to write the book, how he found his voice as a comedian and sharing the screen with Artie Lange one last time in what ended up being the ‘Crashing’ series finale. As Pete would say, get into it!

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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May 21, 2019
Samantha Bee Is Fearless
01:00:10
Before hosting ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS, Samantha Bee was the longest-serving correspondent on ‘The Daily Show.’ And yet as she tells me in this week’s episode, Comedy Central didn’t even consider her as a possible successor to Jon Stewart when he stepped down four years ago. Bee opens up about that experience and a lot more, including her second ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,’ why she’s so disappointed with ‘handsy’ Joe Biden and what it felt like to have the president of the United States call for her to be fired on Twitter. 

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May 14, 2019
W. Kamau Bell Fights Hate
00:56:38
Stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. Now in its fourth season, the show gives Bell a chance to talk to people from every corner of the country about issues like guns, race and religion. He tells us how he learned to listen to people on the opposite end of the political spectrum, why he would never go on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, why he doesn’t mind performing for “woke” college students and a lot more.

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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May 07, 2019
Jena Friedman Confronts Reality
00:53:32
Former ’Daily Show’ field producer and host of Adult Swim’s ‘Soft Focus’ Jena Friedman shares her secrets to getting people to embarrass themselves on camera. We talk about her uniquely feminist spin on the type of confrontational comedy that has traditionally been performed by men like Sacha Baron Cohen and Nathan Fielder, what she learned from Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee and what it was like to be working for Roseanne when ABC fired her. 

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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Apr 30, 2019
Jon Lovett Gets Frustrated
00:58:20
Former Obama speechwriter and host of ‘Pod Save America’ and ‘Lovett or Leave It’ Jon Lovett invites us into his Crooked Media studio to preview the first comedy-free White House Correspondents’ Dinner since 2003. He also shares his thoughts on Donald Trump’s SNL obsession, allegations against Al Franken and Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic field, what it’s like to write jokes for the president of the United States and a lot more. 

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast

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Apr 23, 2019
Ramy Youssef Discovers Himself
01:03:30
Stand-up comedian and actor Ramy Youssef talks about creating his new Hulu series ‘Ramy’ and what it’s like to be young and Muslim in the comedy world right now. He also discusses his New Jersey adolescence in the shadow of 9/11, how his Egyptian immigrant father ended up working for Donald Trump and a lot more.

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Apr 16, 2019
Ron Funches Gets Fit
00:52:10
Stand-up comic and host of the ‘Gettin' Better’ podcast Ron Funches talks about his new special ‘Giggle Fit,’ explains why he turned down Netflix for Comedy Central, shares his uncensored feelings about Louis C.K. and a lot more.  

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  

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Apr 09, 2019
Tony Hale Starts Over
00:49:32
Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale opens up about the final season of ‘Veep,’ admits he would be “very surprised” if ‘Arrested Development’ continues after its most recent batch of episodes on Netflix and gives us a sneak peek at what comes next in his career.  

Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  

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Apr 02, 2019
Sarah Silverman Gets Canceled
00:58:14
In the premiere episode of ’The Last Laugh’ podcast, comedian Sarah Silverman opens up about the cancelation of her Hulu show ‘I Love You, America’ as well as her thoughts on the 2020 Democratic field, former Sen. Al Franken, Louis C.K. and much more.

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Mar 26, 2019